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Holiday Cottages still available for Tour de France 2014

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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As we speak, Yorkshire is hard at working preparing for a visit from one of the world’s most famous cycling races. Within the next two weeks, Yorkshire will play host to the first two stages of the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014, with the first stage taking place on Saturday 5th July from Leeds to Harrogate, and the second stage taking part the following day on Sunday 6th July from York to Sheffield. We do have a handful of cottages that are available for Le Tour, perfect if you’re still looking for accommodation! However, they are booking up quickly so if you’re interested then please get in touch with us as soon as possible!

Clifford House Farm, Buckden

Holiday cottage in Buckden

Clifford House Farm, Buckden, Ref. 922

Looking for somewhere to stay where you can experience Stage One of Le Tour? Look no further than this stunning seventeenth century farmhouse in picturesque Buckden. Sleeping 11, this property would be perfect for a large group of family or friends and the location is ideal for those wanting to soak up the Grand Départ atmosphere. The publicity caravan will arrive in Buckden at around 11.37am on Saturday 5th July and riders will be passing through from around 1.28pm. To find out more about the availability of Clifford House Farm during the Tour de France then please visit the property’s listing page on our website.

Norton View Farm, Hetton

Holiday cottage near Skipton

Norton View Farm, Hetton, Ref. 6741

Norton View Farm is a spectacular former coaching inn in Hetton, just four miles from Skipton. This cottage enjoys breathtaking views over the Yorkshire countryside and boasts luxury furnishings including an AGA Rangemaster and a hot tub. On Saturday 5th July, the bustling market town of Skipton will host the cyclists of the Tour de France as they pass by from approximately 12.47pm, with the publicity caravan expected to start arriving at around 10.52am. This cottage is still available for the dates that Le Tour will be travelling through Skipton but is bound to be snapped up soon; book quickly to avoid disappointment! You will find all the details on our website.

Gaylebeck Gallery, Hawes

Holiday cottage in Hawes

Gaylebeck Gallery, Hawes, Ref. 23216

Gaylebeck Gallery is set in the wing of a charming, Georgian house in the heart of the bustling market town, Hawes. Offering characterful, spacious accommodation, this cottage also boasts stunning views from most of its rooms. The first stage of the Tour de France will be passing through Hawes on Saurday 5th July, with the publicity caravan expected to arrive at around 12.27pm with the riders travelling through from approximately 2.13pm. Hawes is also the start of the Hawes Cycle Route, which is a 60 mile recreational route taking cyclists along many of the same roads as the competitors will face. This beautiful property is still available for the dates of the Tour de France and you can find all details and prices on our website.

The Snug, Haworth

Holiday cottage in Haworth

The Snug, Haworth, Ref. 903849

This characterful cottage in the quaint Yorkshire town of Haworth still has availability for the week of the Grand Départ. The route will see the publicity caravan arrive at around 11.22am on Sunday 6th July and competitors are expected to pass through Haworth’s Main Street with cyclists arriving from approximately 1.10pm. However, as a designated spectator hub for the Tour de France, there will be plenty of other things to see and do in Haworth over the weekend including big screen live coverage, children’s activities, workshops and live music in Haworth’s Central Park. To find out more about the dates available and prices, please visit our website.

Webb Cottage, Mytholmroyd

Holiday cottage near Hebden Bridge

Webb Cottage, Mytholmroyd, Ref. 911868

Webb Cottage is a traditional, stone-built property in the heart of Mytholmroyd, just one mile from the attractive town of Hebden Bridge. This charming cottage is still available during the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in Yorkshire, which will be passing through Mytholmroyd from approximately 1.36pm on Sunday 6th July. The publicity caravan is expected to arrive around 11.51am. For more information about Webb Cottage, please visit our website.

If you have any questions about any of the above properties or if you’d like to know what other properties are still available, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, either by calling 01244 356 695 or via email. If you’d like any more information about the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire then visit

Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Rent a Holiday Cottage with a Tennis Court

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
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With Wimbledon now in full swing, the UK has been gripped by tennis fever once again! If the likes of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams have inspired you to dust off your racket and head out to the tennis court, then why not check out some of our fantastic holiday cottages with tennis courts; the perfect place to practice your serve over the summer!

 Colly Cottage, Dorset

Holiday cottage in Dorset with tennis court

Colly Cottage, Dorset, Ref 16387

Colly Cottage is  a self-contained wing of a beautiful thatched cottage that dates back to 1780. Nestled in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Dorset, just 1.5 miles from the charming market town of Bridport, Colly Cottage offers families and friends a relaxing holiday amongst stunning rural surroundings. There are many fantastic features to this Dorset holiday cottage including two bedrooms with en-suites and off-road parking. Colly Cottage also boasts access to the owner’s tennis court; the perfect countryside retreat for a spot of tennis on a sunny morning!

Hayloft, Yorkshire Dales

Holiday cottage in Yorkshire Dales with tennis court

Hayloft, Yorkshire Dales, Ref 22460

This superb self-catering apartment is set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, located within the grounds of a Grade II listed estate. Hayloft is the perfect retreat for loved-up couples who fancy getting away from it all and spending some quality time together in a tranquil, peaceful setting. The apartment has plenty of modern conveniences and luxurious, romantic features such as a king-size bed and free-standing bath tub. Sporty couples will enjoy the surrounding areas which boast unparalleled opportunities for walking and cycling and guests also have use of the owner’s hard tennis court within the picturesque grounds of the estate.

Greystead Old Church, Northumberland

Holiday cottage in Northumberland with tennis court

Greystead Old Church, Northumberland, Ref 23575

Greystead Old Church is a very special property in which to holiday. This superb holiday home has been lovingly converted from a nineteenth century, former Georgian church. Still containing many of the original features such as stained glass windows, exposed stonework and a Gothic archway, Greystead Old Church is steeped in history and makes for a truly memorable holiday. The charm and character of this property is cleverly balanced with contemporary and luxury fittings. With Greystead Old Church, you needn’t sacrifice character for modern conveniences and this property even comes with an all-weather tennis court and BBQ for you to enjoy.

Our holiday cottages with tennis courts

Holiday cottage with tennis court

Groom’s Rooms, Yorkshire Dales, Ref 22462

At Sykes Cottages, we have a fantastic collection of self-catering cottage with tennis courts, with properties across the UK and Ireland. If you’d like more information on our cottages with tennis facilities then please visit our website or give our reservations team a call. They’re available from 9.00am until 9.30pm, 7 days a week and will be more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Harbour Beach, Tenby crowned Best Beach in Europe!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
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This week, the news broke that Harbour Beach in Tenby, Pembrokeshire was named the most beautiful beach in Europe, beating off stiff competition from the likes of Croatia, Italy and Portugal. I know that there’s a few of us here at Sykes who’ve spent many a childhood summer holiday in Tenby and we were delighted to hear that it had been recognised in such a way. I for one wholeheartedly agree with this choice and for today’s blog post, we want to convince those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Tenby, why you should be rushing out to book a holiday in this pretty Welsh harbour town.

Tenby’s Beaches

Tenby beach

Tenby’s beaches, via Flickr

As well as being home to the newly crowned best beach in Europe, Tenby also boasts three other beautiful beaches: the North Beach, South Beach and Castle Beach. Along with Harbour Beach, they stretch out for a combined two and a half miles along the Pembrokeshire coastline. Harbour Beach is the smallest and most picturesque of the four, tucked under Tenby’s harbour between the medieval town and castle hill; its size and shelter makes it perfect for small children. The North Beach is east-facing, creating a glorious sandy sun-trap for beach-goers, which is enclosed and sheltered from the wind. The South Beach is the largest and stretches out along the coast for a mile and a half. There’s plenty of room on this beach for families to spread out and for beach games to be enjoyed without disturbing others, especially during low tide when there’s acres of sand available. Castle Beach can disappear altogether at high tide but during low tide, this cliff-backed beach is great for rock-pooling.

What else can you do in Tenby?


Tenby, via Flickr

As one of the most iconic seaside towns in Wales, Tenby has plenty to offer tourists. With its medieval walls, picturesque harbour and cobbled streets, Tenby is bursting with character and charm and was recently awarded a bronze award at the British Travel Awards for the best UK coastal resort. There’s an abundance of cafés, restaurants, pubs and shops and on a warm day, there’s nothing nicer than grabbing yourself a spot outside a café and watching the world go by against the delightfully quaint backdrop of Tenby. Another idea is to take a peaceful stroll around the harbour as the sun goes down. If you’re in search of something indoors then the National Trust’s Tudor Merchant’s House is well worth a visit, or the Tenby Museum and Art Gallery, which is the oldest independent museum in Wales.

What other things can you do nearby?

Caldey Island, Tenby

Caldey Island, via Flickr

Tenby is also a fantastic base from which to explore South Wales with easy access to plenty of fun-filled activities and days out. Children and adults alike will love Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo which was twice voted the winner of the Welsh Tourist Board’s ‘Best Day Out in Wales’ award. If your kids are the adventurous kind, then don’t miss The Dinosaur Park which is just a seven minute drive from the centre of Tenby. There’s a dinosaur trail, adventure playgrounds, daily fossil hunts and even a few rides, all of which are sure to keep your children entertained. If you’re after a bit of culture then you should definitely make sure you pay a visit to Caldey Island which lies just off the coast of Tenby. One of Britain’s Holy Islands, this serene place is chiefly inhabited by Cistercian monks and has a history dating back over 1,500 years. During the spring and summer, you can take a short boat ride from Tenby across to Caldey Island, where you’ll be able to explore this beautiful and remote place at your leisure.

Where to stay?

Holiday cottage in Tenby

Crown Cottage, Ref 10551

If this latest accolade has convinced you that your next holiday should be to beautiful Tenby then why not book one of our fantastic self-catering cottages in the area? Whether you’re after something cosy and romantic or spacious and pet friendly, we’ll have a holiday cottage in Tenby to suit you. To browse our Tenby cottages then please visit our website. If you have any other suggestions of places to visit in Tenby then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our Facebook or Twitter!

Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Treat your dad to a round of golf this Father’s Day!

Saturday, June 14th, 2014
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It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that tomorrow is Father’s Day and if it has then you’re in trouble! If you’re still trying to find the perfect present for your dad then look no further as here at Sykes Cottages, we’ve found the answer. Why not treat your dad to a round of golf this Father’s Day? We’ve listed below some of the best ways that you can spoil your golf-mad dad on his special day.

Follow in the footsteps of legends

Golf course

Via Flickr

If your dad is a lover of golf then there’s no better present this Father’s Day than to book him some time at one of the UK’s most famous golf courses, The Belfry, in Warwickshire. The resort has hosted the Ryder Cup four times, which is more Ryder Cup matches than any other venue in the world and boasts 3 separate courses, The Brabazon, one of the world’s most esteemed courses; PGA National, which is the only PGA branded golf course in the UK; and The Derby, a smaller course which caters for all levels of ability. When playing at The Belfry, you’ll be following in the footsteps of famous golfers such as Tiger Woods, Steve Ballesteros and Sir Nick Faldo; playing here would be a dream for any golf fan so if you want to get your dad something truly special this Father’s Day then look no further!

Pitch and putt

Pitch and putt golf

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For something a little less daunting, why not head for a pitch and putt golf course. Pitch and putt is an amateur sport very similar to golf but players are only permitted to use two clubs, one being a putter. The hole lengths are also shorter than those found in regular golf, at around 80 yards to golf’s average of 400 yards. Heatherton World of Activities, near Tenby in Pembrokeshire has a fantastic pitch and putt course set in the beautiful South Wales countryside. The course is ideal for families and offers something for everyone, no matter your ability.

 Go crazy this Father’s Day

If you want to go to a place where the whole family can get involved then why not try your hand at a few rounds of crazy golf? Also known as minigolf, this pastime is great fun for all ages and abilities and would make the perfect Father’s Day treat for dads with younger families. One of the most unique crazy golf experiences in the UK is 4D Golf in Castleford, Yorkshire. Unlike other crazy golf courses, the courses here offer glow-in-the-dark, 3D themed fun with special effects throughout. There are two separate courses to explore- ‘Search for Atlantis’ and ‘The Mummy’s Curse’; both of which will be fantastic fun for all the family to enjoy this Father’s Day.

Book a holiday cottage near a golf course

Holiday cottage near a golf course

The Laggan Drey, Cairngorms National Park, Ref 1525

If you’re looking for a really special way to treat your dad this Father’s Day then why not book one of our fantastic holiday cottages near a golf course. Your dad will be able to spend his time perfecting his swing on the green before heading back to his own holiday cottage to put his feet up and relax, before doing it all again the next day! You could even go with him to learn a thing or two!

Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.

Spotlight on: Eco Friendly Cottages

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
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Trying to keep our home as eco-friendly as possible is a way of life for most of us. We recycle, use energy-efficient lightbulbs, buy eco-appliances and install solar panels. We all want to do what we can for the environment but why should that stop when we go on holiday? Green tourism and responsible travel are fast becoming more and more important in our society and here at Sykes Cottages, we couldn’t agree more. Today, in honour of World Environment Day, we’re bringing you just some of the eco-friendly cottages in our collection, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to go green on your next holiday.

 Balebarn Lodge, Devon

Eco-friendly holiday cottage in Devon

Balebarn Lodge, Devon, Ref 905863

Situated near to the picturesque Devon village of Winkleigh, Balebarn Lodge is a fantastic choice for an eco-friendly holiday in the UK. This light and airy property offers a peaceful retreat from everyday life, overlooking the beautiful Devon countryside and the Dartmoor tors. Balebarn Lodge is one of our most established eco-friendly properties with the owners having won many awards for Green Tourism, including a prestigious award for sustainable tourism in England. This Scandinavian-style lodge is a converted cow-shed and an ultra-low carbon building offering an array of energy-saving features including eco-friendly central heating, solar PV panels and straw-bale insulation in the walls, in addition to further insulation made from recycled bottles and newspaper. Balebarn Lodge also boasts magnificent bi-folding doors which open out from the living area onto a veranda with stunning views over a large wildlife pond.

Acorn Lodge, Fort William

Eco-friendly holiday cottage in Fort William

Acorn Lodge, Fort William, Ref 18920

Acorn Lodge is a fantastically unique property which is guaranteed to make your holiday truly special. This charming log cabin is set in its own elevated position with incredible views of Loch Linnhe, making it perfect for a romantic getaway amongst beautiful surroundings. Guests can relax with a glass of wine on the large balcony overlooking the loch or head to their very own private sauna cabin complete with CD player and surround sound! Although it’s not just unbeatable views and romantic potential that Acorn Lodge offers, this property is also extremely eco-friendly boasting state-of-the-art features such as a turf roof and eco-friendly underfloor heating. The property was also constructed from locally sourced wood.

Y Beudy, Snowdonia National Park

Eco-friendly holiday cottage in Snowdonia

Y Beudy, Snowdonia National Park, Ref 4118

Y Beudy is located in the heart of Wales’ stunning Snowdonia National Park, just four miles from Trawsfynydd. This eco-friendly holiday cottage is steeped in history and dates back over 200 years. The property has been lovingly converted from former farm buildings and its enviable positioning provides guests with spectacular views across the surrounding mountains and countryside. The owners have successfully blended modern facilities with the original character of the building, using locally sourced materials whenever possible, resulting in a beautiful five-star holiday home which all the family will enjoy. Y Beudy boasts many eco-friendly credentials including an underfloor heating system powered by ground source heat pumps and photovoltaic roof tiles which generate their own electricity for the cottage to use. The tiles even produce enough electricity to return a surplus to the National Grid!

If you fancy going green on your next holiday then make sure you check out our fantastic collection of eco-friendly cottages. If you need any help choosing a property then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our dedicated reservations department, either by calling 01244 356 695 or by sending an email through our website.

Louise O'Toole

By Louise O'Toole

Louise loves reading, shopping, baking and cosy country pubs with log fires. A nice cup of tea will never be turned down. She has spent many childhood summers on the beach in Cornwall and walking the hills of the Lake District.